Anyone know much about the reported model train collection, secretly located in Wollongong, now going to Ipswich museum? http://http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-28/rare-model-train-collection-donated-ipswich-museum/8100116 Over 11,000 pieces, worth millions, housed exclusively in a two storey house. There has to be quite a story behind this one.
I remember seeing a story and a couple of photos a year or two back.
It may have even been linked here but I can't seem to find it again now.
From The Workshops Rail Museum:
The T-House model rail collection is a collection of national and international significance due to the size, quality and scope of the collection.
The collection, assembled over 30 years from the 1970s to the 1990s, holds 10 000+ models of locomotives, carriages and wagons. The collection is in excellent – often mint – condition. The models were collected by Mr Marsden Williams, who was born, raised and spent his life in the Wollongong area.
The collection was donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Shin Investments Pty Limited in memory of Mr Marsden “Mick” Williams (1916-2013), founder of the Allied Group of Companies and a significant contributor to the industry and economy of the Illawarra region of Australia since the 1940s.
The link on this page lists the 235 items that have been so far catalogued to the Museum's collection.http://www.collections.qm.qld.gov.au/highlights.page.do
Video of the collection as it originally resided in a specially built home.https://www.facebook.com/Thesteamchannel/videos/797181820394521/?hc_location=ufi